Valentines, The

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Australian group The Valentines formed in Perth (Western Australia) in mid-1966, bringing together members of three leading local beat groups: Bon Scott and Wyn Milson were from The Spektors, Vince Lovegrove, Ted Ward and John Cooksey from The Winztons, and Warwick Findlay from top West Australian band Ray Hoff & The Off Beats.

A major draw card was the double-vocal attack of dynamic frontmen Bon Scott and Vince Lovegrove, and within a few weeks of their live debut they were packing in crowds.

The group moved to Melbourne in 1967, and for a brief period, they became one of the most popular bands in Australia.

Although they started out as an energetic soul/R&B band, they are best known for their affiliation with the bubblegum pop phenomenon of 1968-1970. But there was a wild side to the band which was evident in their live performances, and their off-stage carousing (in 1969 they became the first Australian group to be arrested for possession of marijuana).

The Valentines called it a day in August 1970.

Bon Scott went on to achieve international success as vocalist with AC/DC while Vince Lovegrove went on to work as a journalist, television reporter (on the Australian Nine Network's A Current Affair) and as the manager of Divinyls.

Bon Scott 
Vocals
Vince Lovegrove 

Vocals
Wyn Milson 

Guitar
Ted Ward

Guitar, bass
John Cooksey 

Bass
Warwick Findlay 

Drums
Doug Lavery 

Drums
Paddy Beach 

Drums